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David Muller

Research Thrust Leader - Complex Oxides
Applied and Engineering Physics

He joined the Applied and Engineering Physics faculty at Cornell University in July 2003, is a graduate of the University of Sydney and completed his Ph.D. in physics at Cornell in 1996. David was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1997 to 2003, where he applied his research on imaging single atoms and atomic-scale spectroscopy to determine the physical limits on how small a transistor can be made. For this work, he was named one of the top 100 young innovators in 2003 by Tech Review Magazine, and recipient of the Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America in 2006. He has 5 patents and has published over 100 papers, including 20 in Nature or Science. His work has received over 4500 citations.


A major focus of David's research has been developing electron energy loss spectroscopy as a quantitative tool for predicting materials properties. His work has demonstrated how electronic-structure changes on the atomic scale can control the macroscopic behavior of systems as diverse as turbine blades or transistors. His current research interests include the physics of renewable energy materials and the atomic-scale control of materials to create electronic phases that cannot exist in the bulk.